Former India batsman Aakash Chopra believes Rohit Sharma’s quality and pedigree will help him succeed in England as a Test opener. Apart from Rohit, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are the other specialist openers in the Indian team for the tour of England.
While KL Rahul has played five Tests as an opener during India’s last visit to England, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal have never batted at the top of the order in the longest format in English conditions. However, Aakash Chopra expressed full confidence in Rohit Sharma and expects the latter to play a few substantial knocks.
“I feel Rohit Sharma will do fine over a period of time when he plays the six matches, five of them will be in the second half of the English summer. He has the quality and pedigree, and the team will show faith in him,” the cricketer-turned-commentator said in a video shared on his YouTube channel.
“The sort of caliber he has, he scored five centuries in the World Cup in England. If someone can hit five centuries in an ODI tournament, if he plays six Test matches, you will expect at least 2 or 3 hundreds from him,” he added.
The 43-year-old wants the Indian team management to give their openers a longer rope for them to succeed in English conditions. He also believes Shubman Gill too will deliver the goods if given a consistent run.
“I feel how successful Indian openers will be in England will depend on how patient you are with them. If you lose patience and drop them after not performing in two matches, then no one is able to do well,” he further stated.
“This has happened in the past but I don’t think anyone will touch Rohit. If you play Shubman Gill in the WTC final and the first two or three Tests of the England series, he will also do well but there I hope the Indian team does not become too trigger-happy,” he added.
Meanwhile, Team India are playing a 4-day intra-squad match to prepare for the WTC Final. New Zealand, on the other hand, will arrive at the scene after playing a couple of Tests against England.